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Hardy Griffin: Martin County Landowner

I've been working on a lot of "needle in a haystack" research lately, with the help of some awesome local researchers I found on

One area that I'm pursing now to try to break through the 1860s brick wall, is land ownership. Some of my relatives, I have found were blessed to be owners of real property soon after (and maybe even before) the end of slavery.

I knew that my g-g-g grandfather Hardy Griffin was one of those property owners. I first became aware of this when I found his Last Will and Testament, in which he bequeathed multiple tracts of land to his three surviving daughters.

My hope was to identify the location of the land, and trace back how he came to be in possession of it. To my surprise, g-g-g grandfather Reddick bought and sold a number of properties in the late 1800s. Because the land back then was described with references to the existing topography and other landowners, it's very difficult to figure out, (a) where the land was…

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